The making of Clint Eastwood as a worldwide star began with a journey into the unknown where his future fortune was hidden. 'I had no mentors other than fate', he tells us from the lofty heights of his now mega-stardom. When struggling to find work, in 1964 he took up the offer from a non-established Italian director to shoot a western in Spain. Sergio Leone had hoped to count on the likes of James Coburn, Charles Bronson or even Henry Fonda as his star. Financial restraints left him with Clint as the only choice. In spite of Clint's moderate success in the tv series Rawhide, he had always been side-lined by Hollywood's principal studios.
Amazingly, after several chaotic weeks of Spanish shooting, fraut with un-paid bills and threats of closure, A Fistful of Dollars was canned. It was launched to great plaudits in Italy in September 1964. Over the next two years, he went back to Spain to make equally successful follow-ups: For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966). However, he still wasn't a worldwide success and only three years later, when the films were premiered in the USA, could he claim to have made it on the global stage. Fate had shone on him at last.